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How to Stay Motivated When You’re Starting a Blog

Starting a blog can be daunting for even the most experienced writers – and staying motivated to keep blogging is even harder! These tips on how to start and sustain your blog are inspired by a reader. “I’ve been told I’m a good writer by several people, judging by my lengthy Facebook posts,” says Jerry on Best Jobs for Introverts and […]

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SEO Tips for WordPress Blogs

SEO Tips for WordPress Blogs

Search engine optimization (SEO) is challenging for bloggers who want to rank high in search results. These SEO tips for WordPress blogs are inspired by a WordPress MeetUp I’ll be attending tonight. Search Engine Optimization All-in-One For Dummies offers comprehensive SEO tips for all blogs, including WordPress. I find print books easier to learn from because I don’t get distracted, and […]


How to Earn Extra Money Blogging

Five years ago, I shared my favorite affiliate programs for writers who want to learn how to earn extra money blogging. Now that I’ve more than doubled my income as a blogger, I thought I’d update my bloggy quips and tips. Sarah Morgan’s The Badass Blog Planner: Your Guide to Defining Your Purpose, Creating Clarity, and Building a Year of […]

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When to Hire a Webmaster for Your Blog

Are you the master of your domain? Here’s how to know when to hire a webmaster for your website or blog. I’ve been supporting myself with my Quips and Tips blogs for six years – and twice I hired a webmaster to poke around my domain. I’m a DIY girl, which means I read books like SEO 2014 & Beyond: […]


6 Tips for Inspirational Bloggers

Want to write for even create an inspirational or self-help blog? These tips are for bloggers who want to inspire and help readers, but aren’t quite sure where to start. In Blogging For Dummies, Amy Lupold Bair and Susannah Gardner offer a wealth of tips for online writing. This book updates you on the latest blogging software and utilities, explains […]

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8 Ways I Make Crazy Money With My Blossom Blogs

Cha-ching! To me, crazy money means over $100,000 per year. As a writer??!! Since everyone asks me, “How do bloggers make money?”, here’s how my Blossom blogs pay the mortgage. I’ve been blogging since 2008, and started making money blogging right away. In How I Became a Blogger – Laurie’s Story I describe how I started freelance writing, then online writing for […]


6 Ways to Keep Your Blog High in Google’s Search Engine Results

If you’re a writer who wants to make money blogging, here are six tips for optimizing your blog posts to ensure they’re on Google’s first page of search engine results (or as close to the coveted number one position as possible!). Search engine optimization may be the primary way of attracting readers to your blog – it’s definitely my preferred […]

How to Keep Your Blog High in Search Engine Results

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Signs It’s Time to Hire a Webmaster for Your Blog

Hiring a Webmaster for your blog can be a great way to invest in your writing or blogging career. But, how do you know it’s time to hire a Webmaster to work on your blog? What does a Webmaster do? And, how do you know which Webmaster to hire? Phew! If you can’t afford to hire a Webmaster, you might […]